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Entries for May 2013

Plans for Tapijn barracks

Plans for Tapijn barracks

Maastricht University and the provincial authorities of Limburg having bought the Tapijn barracks, there will be intense consultations in the next few months about their intended use in the future. The Tapijn barracks date back to the beginning of the last century; some buildings are listed monuments. The grounds are situated centrally, on the edge...

Ugly books

Ugly books

I generally judge the content of books by their covers. The more interesting they look, the more I want them, and the more likely I am to read them. Admit it, you do too. Of course this is a completely ridiculous thought, but ugly books with good content make me feel slightly uncomfortable. I just love having books, especially pretty ones. The wor...

Dope loses seats to Novum

Dope loses seats to Novum

MAASTRICHT. In what seems to become an eternal tidal movement, student party Novum has won and Dope has lost this year. Last year it was exactly the other way around. This goes for most faculties and for the university council. This does not mean, however, that Novum has overtaken Dope; Dope was and is the largest presence in the world of Maastrich...

André Rieu as a research object

André Rieu as a research object

MAASTRICHT. Four Maastricht researchers are going to study the ‘phenomenon’ of André Rieu. They want to find out what the secret is behind this Maastricht violinist and orchestra conductor. Why does his music appeal to such a broad public? How does he manage to remove the divide between classical and popular music? And why does music fr...

Characteristics from multiple perspectives

Characteristics from multiple perspectives

Who: Lies Wesseling, associate professor at the Department of Literature and Art What: Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy Target group: students of Arts and Sciences

Premises for international students

MAASTRICHT. There will be an International Student Club for foreign students in Maastricht. The city authorities and the university are searching for a suitable location. One option is the basement of the Lambertus church, says the co-ordinator of the project for the city of Maastricht, Frans van de Weerdt. The idea of providing foreign students w...

“Istanbul is bursting with life”

“Istanbul is bursting with life”

Joris Veenhuis (27), a Dutch European Law School master’s student who has seen 12 per cent of the world One of Joris Veenhuis’s favourite cities is Istanbul. “A great international capital city that is bursting with life. People might think that it is a strict Muslim country, but you see fewer head scarves there than in Amsterdam...

Almost 40% youngsters have 'inadequate or poor' hearing

The hearing of Dutch youth is deteriorating and almost four in 10 under-25s have inadequate or poor hearing, according to the hearing foundation Nationale Hoorstichting. The organisation bases its claims on 17,000 online check-ups. In 2011, three in 10 youngsters were said to have suffered some form of hearing damage. ‘We see trends emerg...

The sun is always shinier

This week’s devastating-news-slash-first-world-problem: I got my towns confused on Yahoo Weather and it turns out next week’s conference location is not going to be 30 degrees plus but instead 11 and raining. I’m off to Santiago de Compostela, which, you will note, is in northern Spain. And no, I didn’t get it confused with ...

Being depressed

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: depression
Graduating from an American top university while based in the Netherlands

Graduating from an American top university while based in the Netherlands

THE NETHERLANDS. The Georgia Institute of Technology is going to offer an inexpensive online master’s programme for students worldwide. Dutch, Italian, German, Spanish, and any other students can now get a master’s degree from a prestigious American university without having to move. The American university is planning on accepting ten...

SBE students want a Complaint Task Force

SBE students want a Complaint Task Force

MAASTRICHT. Lecturers are often so overloaded with complaints after an exam that the way in which these complaints are dealt with leaves a lot to be desired. This should improve, according to SBE students in the faculty council, who argued in favour of a Complaint Task Force in the latest council meeting. The board sees nothing in this suggestion. ...

Goodbye Canada

Goodbye Canada, the true North, strong and free. After 7200 kilometres, 4 Canadian provinces, 4 American states, 13 different beds, of which a matt in a tent and a floor, this month of travelling after my semester abroad has come to an end. I have learned a lot during my time in Canada, not only at University, but about the country itself as well...

UM-wide minors programme scrapped

MAASTRICHT. There will definitely not be a UM-wide minors programme. “It was flogging a dead horse,” said rector Luc Soete recently to a University Council committee. The matter has been on-going since 2007, when it was decided to offer students more possibilities to take subjects at other faculties. In reality, this caused all kinds of...

In school again

In school again

Learning in university is fun because you finally get to choose what you want to study. For me, that means no more algebra and trigonometry, and for others, no more memorizing World War II battles or analyzing symbolism in Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls. That’s the beauty of learning. Yet another day has passed and I was able to do...

Public transport to Belgium and Germany substandard

Public transport to Belgium and Germany substandard

MAASTRICHT. Obsolete, crowded trains, inebriated passengers, poor connections and extremely long travelling times. The complaints about public transport from Maastricht to Aachen and Liège are clear and plentiful, a survey by Young Democrats Limburg shows. They have recently asked 350 mainly foreign UM students for their views. The outcome was a m...

Roman rulers

Roman rulers

Who: Tanja van der Meer, History of Law lecturer Book: Seven-part series The Masters of Rome, by Colleen McCullough Target group: Law students
“London is the greatest city in the world”

“London is the greatest city in the world”

Elaine Hoekstra (25), a Canadian first-year Arts and Culture student who has seen 19 per cent of the world Ever since she went to Japan when she was 16, Elaine Hoekstra has had a taste for travelling. “That trip really put me out of my comfort zone. Japan is very far from Canada, in terms of both distance and culture.” She went on exch...

"I haven't read the programs yet"

MAASTRICHT. The elections for the University Council and the faculty councils are in full swing. Voting can be done until Friday 24 May. Last year total turnout was around 33 per cent. How many students have already voted this year? Observant made a quick round.

Statistics: making lives better

Recently, the quality of my life significantly statistically improved. For the scientists out there, that’s not a mistake – I don’t mean ‘statistically significantly’. What I mean is: a new statistical technique entered my life and now my life is better. And when I say ‘my life’, I mean my PhD, by which of ...

Oh, America

‘Hey, my name is Steve, I’ll be your waiter for tonight. Where are you from? Is everybody so tall in the Netherlands? Oh on exchange, goood for youuu! What’s your name? Floor? What a wonderful name. A coke? Amazing choice! Just call me if you need something, Floor! Did you enjoy dinner? Perfect, I’m so happy. Have an amazing...

Enactus supports ‘Doe Gewoon’

Enactus supports ‘Doe Gewoon’

MAASTRICHT. “A good place to study. Quiet, fine prices and delicious apple pie. At the same time you are supporting people with a physical or mental disability who work here.” This is how the School of Business and Economics student Carina Klebe describes the Doe Gewoon cafeteria on the Boschstraat, which she and her fellow Enactus memb...

Poetry from a detention clinic

Poetry from a detention clinic

Who: Herco Fonteijn, psychologist What: Blauwzuur (Acid), by Gerrit Achterberg Target group: psychology students
Little enthusiasm for election debate

Little enthusiasm for election debate

MAASTRICHT. It won’t be a real debate, warns the chair of the University Council, Herman Kingma, right before the doors of the Aula opened on Wednesday 15 May. There are no propositions to debate; instead, two student parties, DOPE and NovUM, will briefly introduce themselves, and “then I will pose some nasty questions”, he smiles...

Sick leave

Sick leave

Just last week, I had the pleasure of taking two twelve-hour bus trips. To all the German and Dutch students, whose parents live only a few hours by car or train, you are either very lucky, or missing out in life’s great bus adventures! After all, a train can’t get lost—it’s on rails, right? I spontaneously decided to visit...

Student house holds 7.9 billion bacteria

Student house holds 7.9 billion bacteria

Student life is chaotic and spontaneous – regular duties like cleaning are not high on the to-do list. What does it mean to live with a lot of people in a limited space among a bulk of bacteria and a pile of garbage? Is it harmful to our health? Find out in this fifth instalment of ‘Science of Student Life’.

EuroMUN 2013: “Building relationships that can last a lifetime”

MAASTRICHT. After five days of conference at the MECC and an elaborate social programme, 620 happy students are heading back home to over 70 different countries.  The European Model United Nations (EuroMUN) 2013 was an unprecedented success. The Model United Nations is a formal simulation of high-level international politics. Since the first ...

Off to the jungle and high up in the air

Off to the jungle and high up in the air

Laura Vervloet, 21, a third-year European Studies student from Belgium who has seen 17 per cent of the world   For Laura Vervloet, travelling is an exotic experience. In the last few years she has made trips to Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Peru. In Peru she spent two months doing volunteer work with a small organisation in San Jerónimo, helpin...

The Bahn and the bazooka

Germans seem to shy away from heavy weaponry these days. A few weeks ago I caught the train to a conference in Freiburg, where I was giving a talk and presenting a poster (yes, both – sigh). Before I left, the man in the print shop showed me two types of protective cases to stop my poster getting crushed. If I was going to America, he warned,...

Pinksteren

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: Pentecost